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The Avengers: On A Mission

Read "The Avengers: On A Mission" reviewed by Dave Wayne

If there's such as thing as good old basic, meat-and-potatoes straight ahead jazz, then The Avengers' new album On A Mission could fairly be characterized as good old basic meat-and-potatoes jazz-rock fusion. Largely--but not completely--devoid of avant-garde, metal, or prog-rock stylings, On A Mission is a straight-ahead fusion album somewhat along the lines of recent offerings ...

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Jim Hall - Bill Frisell: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per Jim Hall quello del duo è stato un formato musicale praticato assiduamente negli anni, anche se quasi mai con altri chitarristi, ma preferendo generalmente pianisti e contrabbassisti (memorabili gli incontri con Bill Evans e Ron Carter). Solo in anni recenti ha cominciato a frequentare altri specialisti della sei corde, dapprima timidamente (nell'album Dialogues con Bill Frisell e Mike ...

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Jim Hall / Bill Frisell: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by John Kelman

The magic that occurs when student meets teacher on equal footing years down the road is rare enough. With Jim Hall--one of the most influential guitarists of the past half century--his spare approach, a reference point for younger guitar icons including John Abercrombie, John Scofield and Pat Metheny, has resulted in more magic than most. Hall ...

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Jim Hall / Bill Frisell: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The first and lasting impression of this full-length collaboration between master and genre-bending guitarists Jim Hall and Bill Frisell is one of relaxed intimacy and indeed, this no-frills approach is one of the strengths of this project. Great affinity between great musician focused on creating music, who have the time and space to establish such rapport, ...

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Jim Hall / Bill Frisell: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Supported by the fan-funded alternative ArtistShare label, the two-disc release Hemispheres is collaboration between guitarists Jim Hall and Bill Frisell, joined by bassist Scott Colley and drummer Joey Barron on disc two. The recording documents how projects evolve when artists pull together without a plan necessarily to create unique product: a perfect recipe for invention.

It ...

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Jim Hall / Bill Frisell: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Hemispheres is a wonderful collaboration between two esteemed veteran guitarists, Jim Hall and Bill Frisell. Though each has travelled different yet celebrated paths, this is their first full length (double CD) release together.

Hall's masterful playing, tempered by a smooth rotund tone, has been appreciated since the 1950s in performances with such names ...

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Phil Turcio / Ric Fierabracci / Joel Rosenblatt: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by John Kelman

When saxophonist Bill Evans brought his Soulgrass project to the 2007 Ottawa Jazz Festival, what differentiated it significantly from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones was that, stellar playing aside, this was a band that grooved hard, largely due to the rock-solid support of bassist David Livolsi and drummer Joel Rosenblatt. Hemispheres is the first release by ...

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Nucleus: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La pubblicazione di questi brani assolutamente inediti dei Nucleus, provenienti da due date europee del 1970 e del 1971, è davvero una delle più belle sorprese discografiche dell’anno. I Nucleus, guidati dal trombettista Ian Carr, sono stati l’equivalente europeo più agguerrito delle band di Miles Davis dell’epoca e hanno battuto con intelligenze le strade del primo jazz-rock, quello che ...

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Nucleus: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by John Kelman

While general interest in Soft Machine continued long after the seminal British jazz/rock group disbanded, the spotlight on trumpeter Ian Carr's Nucleus seemed to go dark following the band's breakup in the early 1980s. With the reissues of the group's back catalogue that have come out in recent years, that spotlight is back on, reminding listeners ...

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Nucleus: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Any release by these British jazz-rock pioneers is a major event. Hemispheres is no exception, and the musical anthropologists at Hux Records have unearthed some genuine hidden treasures from the Palaeolithic Era of fusion. The recording comprises two different European Nucleus sessions, recorded barely a year apart. But from the very beginning, when the short-lived original ...